I find myself constantly defining words.
Whether it is something I’m reading or pondering about, I oftentimes catch myself defining words just so I can get a better grasp of what I am truly searching for in them. And yes, I am THAT person who enjoys going to dictionary.com and exploring the new word of the day. Typical minor in writing thing to do, right?
So, here’s my progression with this project:
Repurposing Project. Repurpose (verb): adapt for use in a different purpose. I found it really interesting that the definition used the word adapt. When I think of this word, I think of adjusting to new conditions; this helped me to envision what I needed to do.
I need to adapt what I already have for a new outlet. This made me feel better in knowing that I didn’t have to start anew with my topic. My original thought was that I might have to since I wasn’t quite sure how to turn reflective passages and letters into an article. But, hey, I chose to be a writer for a reason, right?
Bring it on.
What I found most interesting about my research on gratitude, which is my topic for this project, is that most other articles in The New Yorker relating to it are about the holidays. In fact, many of the articles I found online via other magazines discussed gratitude in the same manner. Most of them focused on Thanksgiving, in particular.
So, why is this the case? Why do we put such an emphasis on gratitude at these times of the year and not at others?
This very fact proved to me that my choice of writing a magazine article on this topic is something that is needed.
But then this happened…
I got all of these great ideas about my exigence and didn’t know what to do with them!
Since that happened, I focused mainly on the layout of my article. I know that I want to start off with a catchy title in a large, bold font. My goal is to make the title a short phrase. I also would like to use two images since this will be a longer article. Upon researching other articles done by The New Yorker, I have learned that they do not include captions with their images; this is a stylistic choice I will have to be aware of.
Also, I found an article that has influenced my ideas for this project:
I really enjoyed how the writer’s personal narrative flowed into their argument and facts. As I continue the early writing stages of my article, I plan on keeping this in mind and mirroring this progression of buildup in my own.
But I still have a few questions.
What kind of tone should I aim for – should it be more relaxed and relatable, or should it be more serious?
Also, what do you think about balancing personal narrative with research? Should I focus on one more than the other?
Please let me know in the comments below!